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Thursday, April 12, 2012

The correspondence of Charles Darwin, volume 19: 1871

The correspondence of Charles Darwin, volume 19: 1871Volume 19 of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, published today, is making the short but intensely revealing personal journal of Darwin's daughter, Henrietta, public for the first time. Written over the period March to July 1871, the year of the 28-old Henrietta's sudden marriage to a man she had known for less than three months, the journal introduces a confident, intelligent, reflective, and passionate young woman. To anyone who has only met her as the overly anxious hypochondriac aunt in Gwen Raverat's Period Piece, this Henrietta is unrecognisable

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